Category: Author Notes

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Author Note: David Alexander

by David Alexander

David Alexander published the poem “Food of the Gods, a How-To Guide” in The Puritan Issue 33, Spring 2016. Like many of his poems, it’s about chickens.

I’m eating wings at Ethel’s Lounge in Waterloo, 2005. My friend Sonal is vegan, and we’re close enough that she doesn’t mind needling me about dinner.

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Author Note: Nehal El-Hadi

by Nehal El-Hadi

Nehal El-Hadi is the author of the short story “La Puerta” from The Puritan Issue 34, edited by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. Here Nehal El-Hadi talks about the story, which crosses Toronto at night and bumps into grotesque mechanical mannequins on its way.

Three things.

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Author Note: Lisa Richter

by Lisa Richter

To a Growth,” a poem written by Lisa Richter, was published in The Puritan’s Issue 33. As part of our Author Notes series, she tells us about how she composed this poem.

My poem, “To a Growth,” came out of a harrowing experience I had just over three years ago,

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Author Note: Noah Burton

by Noah Burton


Noah Burton is the author behind “The Enjoyments,” a poem published in
The Puritan’s Issue 31. As part of our Author Note series, Burton answers the question, “In your practice, what would you say is the balance between silliness and seriousness?”

I like a bit of wobbly-teetering with my stacks of used-tires.

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Author Note: Concetta Principe

by Concetta Principe

A Brief Gun Unregistry,” written by Concetta Principe, was published in The Puritan Issue 31. Here she discusses how she wrote it.

This poem is from a collection in-progress that I’ve titled, The Hole World.

This collection started with me thinking about dreams as rabbit holes,

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Author Note: Maria Tessa Liem

by Maria Tessa Liem

The Slight Difference in Frequency Generates a Beat

Maria Tessa Liem is the author of “Exact Fraction,” a poem that appeared in Issue 32 of The Puritan. We’re pleased to present Liem’s explanation of what influenced the poem’s composition.

I spent some night or day watching a video over and over again.

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Author Note: Ben Gallagher

by Ben Gallagher

Ben Galagher is the author of the poem “Thought Experiment Featuring Unchained Melody,” which appeared in The Puritan Issue 32, way back in the winter.

This poem emerged from a conversation I had with my good friends Syd and Maggie. My partner Zoë had just died,

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Author Note: Michael Prior

by Michael Prior

Michael Prior published three poems in The Puritan Issue 32, “20/20,” “Never Been Better,” and “Richmond.”

Town Crier: Tell us the best thing you’ve read lately, or a poet/fiction writer you’re jealous of, or a story/short story collection you wish you wrote.

Michael Prior: Okay,

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Author Note: Shane Neilson

by Shane Neilson

Shane Neilson’s poem, “New Brunswick: A Timeline Legend,” was published in Issue 32 of The Puritan.

Town Crier: Does your poem have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share? This could include interesting factoids or bits of research that informed the poems or the story.

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Author Note: David Ishaya Osu

by David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu’s poem “Playthings” was published in Issue 31 of The Puritan, in autumn 2015. The Town Crier is pleased to present this brief interview about the poem’s composition.

Town Crier: Does your poem have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share?